Steven Spielberg’s unexpected response to Spielburger idea

Steven SpielbergAmerican fast food outlet Carl’s Jr. tweeted out their plan to offer up a burger in Steven Spielberg‘s honor, calling it a “Spielburger,” saying they were sure the famed director would love the idea.

They tweeted: “@StevenSpielberg hasn’t signed off yet, but we’re pretty sure he’ll be down with it.”

Actually, he wasn’t. Unlike Mark Wahlberg, who formed the restaurant Wahlburgers with his family, Spielberg wants no part of having a hamburger named after him.

He responded with a video on his Amblin Entertainment Twitter handle, in which he says: “Hey there. It’s recently come to my attention that Carl’s Jr. wants to rename their Charbroiled Sliders ‘Spielburgers.’ They’re pretty good, but I’m passing. Cease and desist. You can’t do it. Sorry, guys.” Watch the video below.

Carl’s Jr. was disappointed, but they consoled themselves with the fact that Spielberg called their burgers “pretty good.” Hey, you have to take compliments where you can get them. Maybe they should try asking Unsane director Steven Soderbergh if they can do a Soderburger? Or even better, a Canadian-themed maple-flavored David Cronenburger? ~Alexandra Heilbron

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  1. Colin Fox • March 29, 2018 @ 11:27 AM

    He should get over himself. He’s just a film director.

  2. Lisbeth Slabotsky • March 29, 2018 @ 11:52 AM

    It’s his name. He has the say over where and how it’s used by others. He doesn’t need to give a reason. Nor do we have the right to call him on it. His name, his choice. Period.

  3. Michel Paquet • March 29, 2018 @ 1:24 PM

    Why not call it the chewbaccaburger or the Yodaburger…

  4. Juliana Wayne • March 29, 2018 @ 4:54 PM

    I totally agree with Lisbeth … 100%.

  5. Richard Herfurth • March 29, 2018 @ 10:44 PM

    I’m with lisbeth

  6. Kevin Greenshields • March 29, 2018 @ 11:25 PM

    How about a “homeburger” for ET or Indyburger for Indiana Jones? Yodaburger and Chewaburger would be best reserved for Spielberg’s buddy George Lucas.

  7. Debbie • April 1, 2018 @ 8:21 AM

    Maybe he’s vegan or someone else in his family is. If that’s the case I would completely understand. I don’t think it’s his ego or anything he has against Carl’s Jr. It’s his choice, his name and he doesn’t have to provide any one with his reason why.

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